Cammo Style Love: February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I took the pledge....have you?

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This week is Military Saves Week.  Have you heard of Military Saves?  You may have seen flyers, banners around your installations.  You might have even been somewhere where a Military Saves Conference was being held.  Earlier this week I was sitting at a table for Blue Star Families, a fabulous organization for which I do most of my volunteer work, at a Military Saves event in the DC area.  It was only the first day, but I was bummed to not see as many young people as I had hoped.  Although, it should be noted that frequently this area, especially the location I was at, isn't the frequent stomping ground for young service members.  I know they are here though.  That is really who I think we should be focused on.  I would say, that just from regular conversation in life, most young people do not thinking about retirement and the future.  Military Saves is about much for than that, its about debt reduction and saving in general (which let's face it is hard unless you are in a two income household).

Getting Military service members to save and invest in the future has been a difficult task over the years.  First reading about the statistics in this Military.com article, it was a shock to me.  Mr. Air Force happens to be investment/retirement minded, almost entirely thanks to his Dad, who is also very investment/retirement focused.  It takes commitment and resolve to accomplish it.  Many people that I've met with have expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of money we Military members get paid.   I guess maybe if you were just looking at numbers, and thinking about CEOs and Dr's and what not, we don't.  But, I think if you were to consider what we get, great health care, a housing allowance that usually covers rent, plus some (at least it always has for us), and some of the other things we should be so lucky.  I mean we make enough for me to stay home, raise three children and live quite comfortably.  We go on dates, vacations, buy clothes and are great.  We don't own a home, but that's not in our cards right now.  That's not the season in life we are in.  I could write a whole post about the misconception that owning a home is everything.  Young people falling all over themselves to own homes, instead of "throwing away money on rent", because they think its what they are supposed to do. 

Happily, articles are reporting that as of last year more service members are participating in the TSP.  As long ago as 2011, we were seeing a record increase in Service member participation in the TSP, about 40%, and with the option for ROTH accounts being available to most Service members, last year, savings is happening all around.  Kate, who writes for Military.com (whose articles I love, btw), released a great article about planning for your future, what she would tell  her younger self about saving.  It's been in the works for several years to modernize the TSP program, make it more accessible (in the realm of thought for younger service members) for those with no real experience or knowledge about investments and retirements.  Here's hoping that automatic enrollment for service members (as it has been for Federal civilian employees) comes along soon.  As it is TSP is taken right out of your paycheck before you even see it, which I think is helpful.  I think you would have more service members taking part in thinking about their futures if they didn't have to think about enrolling themselves.  Its very similar to my thoughts on the National Association for the Air and Army Guards (EANGUS).  If you attend the conferences (which we did for several years), most of those that attend are in their 40s +.  I would wager most younger members of the Guard (both branches) don't even know what EANGUS does.  They do all that lobbying that makes our lives better.  Why aren't more young people involved in that?!  The same goes for investing in your future.  The after....Military life won't be forever.

Have you heard of Military Saves?  Visit their website and take the Pledge!  If you have heard of Military Saves, did you attend an event, have you signed the pledge?  What are you doing to change your future?

Visit Military saves online.

Rewind 365 February 28th

WELCOME TO REWIND 365!  

 LETS GO DOWN MEMORY LANE!
Every Thursday come join us in 'Rewind 365'!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
So What Happened With You A Year Ago Today? Join in and "Rewind 365" days and tell us what you were up to A Year Ago Today!
It's all simple:
1.Your hosts: Mommy Only Has Two Hands, and Rheanna from Cammo Style Love (We will read your posts) 2. 3. Create a Post with a picture, a memory, or even a previous blog post from 1 year ago, make sure you include our button so we have more people joining every week. (You can put this in your side bar if you don't want to put it in your post.





4. Link your post up on the linky below so we can all check it out. 5. And the most important thing:

HAVE FUN!

A year ago today, as with last week, I was still in California, spending time with Friend's and Family.  I had a chance to be there for my sister's birthday, which was fantabulous!  Brian's favorite part of course is the lighting and blowing out of candles.  My awesome sister let him help, major Auntie brownie points  right?!  That little munchkin on her lap is my little niece who is two months younger then Phillip.  We were preggers at the same time, how fun is that?





 Can't wait to see some posts!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Potty Training Fun - Potty Cover Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Happy Tuesday ya'll! I am here happily to bring you a little fun parenting post, and a little product review and recommendation, brought to you today by The Potty Cover.




Potty training is one of those necessary evils in life.  Having potty trained two, very different (and not just in gender) children, and already contemplating the fact that I will potty training yet one more, I've learned a lot.  Of course I'm not an expert in any medical sense of the word, but I think having three kids puts me on some sort of expert scale.  So, here's some important things to know about potty training, and like I eluded to above - every child is different, we are not the rule, here's my experiences.

1. Boys are different than girls
Whether or not the fact that she was the second child or not, my daughter was far and away easier to potty train then my son.  The rule about the next in line doing stuff faster because they have someone to copy isn't necessarily always the case.  My youngest just decided to start walking full time, at about 16 months.  It just wasn't his thing, even though he had two others walking around to copy.  So there you go.


2. Potty Training should be like a band-aid
Everyone has their own methods.  I favor the sort of all or nothing approach.  When my son started being dry at night we started in underware...until I realized he wasn't pooping.  He just wouldn't.  It was his last stand on Control Mountain.  There were several occasions I put a diaper on him for a couple days to try to avoid the whole constipation issue, all the while maintaining wet-free diapers.  Then, daddy decided that the men should have a come to Jesus session, full of oatmeal, prune juice and the like.  They hung out in there, talking reading and discussing facts, real meeting of the minds type deal, until  "it" happened.  With daughter she had a really early potty training experience.  She went both 1 and 2 at 18 months old.  I decided that my all or nothing, band-aid, type method wasn't an exact science.  I just didn't feel like at 18 months old she had the capacity to do it.  She is also my heavy sleeper, so it wasn't until at about 3 1/2 that she went through the night dry.  Incidentally, Pediatricans don't get concerned about bed-wetting until after 4.  During the summer we went naked (weirdly enough something I saw Kate - from Jon and Kate - do), and by the time she was two we weren't having any more accidents.

3. Go easy on yourself when you do go out of the house


This is where the fabulous Potty Cover comes into play.  There are several other types of Potty Covers on the market, and I have used several of those.  Most of them do a great job with coverage.  Being larger than the paper ones that are usually in stalls, plus they usually stay still.  However, the Potty Chair stands apart from the other ones on the market.  Do you see the coverage on this thing?!  Seriously?!  Amazing.  The Cammo Love house gives this our stamp of approval!  5 out of 5 Stars.

I have been known to put a diaper/pull-up on my kid in the beginning of the potty-training phase when we go out.  Lots of people don't go out when they are in the midst of potty training.  I try to stay home, but I'm a definite get out of the house, people person, type of person.   Doing what you need to do is fine by me, and don't worry about what anyone else thinks.


 Potty Cover
 Even though I may not have done it exactly the way I had originally intended I stand by the firm belief that it must be as close to that idea, especially the older they get.   Its almost like they have a six sense about weakness.  If they can combine their need to be in control of their little bodies as much as possible, with sensing our weakness its a win/win for them.  Parenting isn't easy, and potty-training is one of those not easy things.  If you stay strong and consistent and help them to realize there are no other options it will come easier.  This same technique works in the whole staying in bed, going asleep, self-soothing phases of life that come up.

What kinds of worries do you have about potty training, any questions?

Or

Have you had a similar or different, but equally successful experience please share!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rewind 365 - A year ago February 21st

WELCOME TO REWIND 365!  

 LETS GO DOWN MEMORY LANE!
Every Thursday come join us in 'Rewind 365'!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
So What Happened With You A Year Ago Today? Join in and "Rewind 365" days and tell us what you were up to A Year Ago Today!
It's all simple:
1.Your hosts: Mommy Only Has Two Hands, and Rheanna from Cammo Style Love (We will read your posts) 2. 3. Create a Post with a picture, a memory, or even a previous blog post from 1 year ago, make sure you include our button so we have more people joining every week. (You can put this in your side bar if you don't want to put it in your post.





4. Link your post up on the linky below so we can all check it out. 5. And the most important thing:

HAVE FUN!

  A year ago at about this time I was headed back to NorCal for a trip home for one of my very bestest friend's weddings!  I hadn't been gone all that long so it was kind of weird to be back so soon, but really nice at the same time.  I visited with friends at our last duty station and then went down to stay with my family.   The cousins spent time together.  It was great.  Look how little my littlest little is!!  Can you believe that?!  Oh man.  What about you?  What were you up to a year ago today?



 

Monday, February 18, 2013

#MilitaryMonday and Rhe's Bookshelf : War: 8000 Miles from Home

This week's Military Monday is also a book review post for my bookshelf. I had the pleasure of reviewing a book by a military author, still serving. He writes under a pen name, and is a married father of three.

Summary:

First Lieutenant Taylor and Sergeant First Class Stewart lead 2nd Platoon of the 147th Military Police Company from White Bluff, Tennessee during combat patrols in Baghdad, Iraq during the surge.

Join them as they strengthen their bonds with each other through teamwork, adversity, and catastrophe.

They will never forget each other as they struggle through challenges that will affect them for their entire lives.

What I thought:

I have to say, that upon diving into the book, as I often do, without checking out all the details I wasn't quite aware that it was a novel. Truth be told you wouldn't know if it was held in a plain brown cover. The book is really quite remarkable to read. As I'm sure most military spouses can attest to, not a lot of details are shared. I remember watching some sort of documentary and it was concerning an area of "that place with lots of sand" quite near where my husband had been previously. I learned more from that hour show then I had learned from him. He didn't want to worry me. I get it and I love him for it. The truth of the matter is that it wouldn't matter if we watched every show, film or documentary ever made, we couldn't possible understand 100%. If you would like some insight into the life, the life of war, with a little bit of the real ness of it, I suggest this book. It creates a story about real (even though it is fiction) people, that are human and not just faceless soldiers fighting a war. They have emotions and feelings that drive them, like we all do. I was also a little bit partial to this book because it portrayed the lives of National Guard Soldiers, which is not often done.

I whole-heartedly give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

It is available in Paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com - click my affiliate link to the right to check it out!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Social - week 37


Happy Sunday ya'll.....I missed a week or two of this little hop, and I kind of missed it!  If you're visiting me again, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!  If you're stopping by for the first time....THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!  Come back on Thursday for my super cool blog hop....Rewing 365.  It's a little hop all about where you were a year ago that day.  I love it.  It's so much fun.  There's a button on the right!  Can't wait to read all your blogs.
 
Sunday Social

Thanks to the hosts - Ashely and Neely


1. What is the best Valentine's Day you've ever had?
That's a hard one, but I think one of my most favorite's was when my hubby (then he was my boyfriend) took me to the hard rock cafe' (which sad to say isn't there anymore) and then we went to meet my mom and her best friend at this old theater in the downtown area and watched "All About Eve" on the big screen.  Its an old black and white, Bette Davis movie.  I mean, what teenage boy would take his girlfriend to see that?!  Well, one that I would still be with like 14 years later or something.  
2. What is the worst Valentine's Day you've ever had?
I don't know that i can specifically think of one that was the worst.....I mean, there's been a few times the hubby has been gone, but he's a master date planner (I think he should teach a class or something).  So when we are together he does a really great job.  
 
3. What did you do for Valentine's this year?
We went to Ruth Chris' (never been, very impressed) and Bon Jovi...yup Bon Jovi!!  major freak out moment here!  I'm a product of my childhood and my mom and and raised me on 80s area rock...so there you go.  I've seen Def Leppard twice!  My first concert was when I was seriously like 8 months old, at an outdoor area...I saw Kansas :)  LOL!
 
4. What is your best Valentine's idea if you're single?
I think that I would get some girlfriend's together, go out, get some drinks, see a movie....I've done that when the hubby's gone before.  The best thing you can do, in my opinion, is go out and have fun and stop thinking about it :)
 
5. What is your favorite Valentine's candy?
Reece's Peanut Butter Cups - heart shaped of course :)
 
6. Favorite Valentine's memory from your childhood?
Wow, this is a great question, but I seriously don't know that I have one?  I can't wait to read people's answers if they do.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Escape From Planet Earth, Opens Friday the 15th!

Tuesday my two oldest and I, was able to attend the pre-screening of a new movie, Escape From Planet Earth. Thanks to the ever Amazing Blue Star Families and AMC Leows Georgetown movie theater, we got to experience a movie before anyone else.  I think that is pretty cool.  You may or may not have heard of  Blue Star Families, but they are a wonderful organization whose only goal is to the assist the lives of military-connected families.  With programs like Books on Bases, Mil-Kidz Club, Blue Star Theaters and Museums and Operation Honor Corp they strive to assist and bless so many military families.  Blue Star Families also encourages getting active and volunteering within their community.  That is how I discovered them.  I jumped in with both feet and haven't looked back.   So, this past Tuesday we were blessed.

 


Escape From Planet Earth is all about the very maucho, but sometimes a little cocky, Astronaut Scorth Supernova, who finds himself trapped on Planet Earth.  He sends out an SOS and his older, but smaller brother is sent to rescue him - and hilarious mishaps and funniness ensue.

I have to admit I was only slightly hesitant because it was rated PG.  It really annoys me when cartoons so clearly geared towards children are not rated G.  Most of the time it is because of adult humor.  They say they have to keep the parent's involved, but seriously I think that is ridiculous.  So I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn't upset about much of anything in the movie.  There were definitely some intense parts and the bad guys could be a little scary at time (especially for my 4 year old).  There was a little bit of adultish, or rude humor, but it was not completely out there.  The voice talents of Brendan Fraiser, Steve Zahn, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Chris Parnell and Sophia Vegara creates a stellar cast!  Thumbs up for that makers of Escape From Planet Earth.  My kids loved it and I loved it too!  It is definitely a great family movie if you're looking for one this weekend.

I think it is especially important to give back as a Military Family, to be involved with others in our community.  How are you involved in your community?




Happy Valentine's Day - Rewind 365!

WELCOME TO REWIND 365!  

 LETS GO DOWN MEMORY LANE!
Every Thursday come join us in 'Rewind 365'!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
So What Happened With You A Year Ago Today? Join in and "Rewind 365" days and tell us what you were up to A Year Ago Today!
It's all simple:
1.Your hosts: Mommy Only Has Two Hands, and Rheanna from Cammo Style Love (We will read your posts) 2. 3. Create a Post with a picture, a memory, or even a previous blog post from 1 year ago, make sure you include our button so we have more people joining every week. (You can put this in your side bar if you don't want to put it in your post.




4. Link your post up on the linky below so we can all check it out. 5. And the most important thing:

HAVE FUN!

Happy Valentine's Day Ya'll!!!  What we were doing a year ago today on Valentine's Day?!
I was making heart-shaped pancakes (which this year we'll be doing in the evening because Brian is in school this year), on our brand new heart-shaped plates (which we ate on a box because we were still unpacking!  I was also indulging in my most favorite holiday treats - Reece's Peanut Butter Cups in Holiday Shapes.  Most holidays you can find me indulging in egg, heart or Christmas tree shapes.  I think we need a four-leaf clover shape, but that's just me.  There's a little baby Phillip picture in there for good measureHope your V-Day is wonderful.



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rewind 365 February 7th

WELCOME TO REWIND 365!  

 LETS GO DOWN MEMORY LANE!
Every Thursday come join us in 'Rewind 365'!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
So What Happened With You A Year Ago Today? Join in and "Rewind 365" days and tell us what you were up to A Year Ago Today!
It's all simple:
1.Your hosts: Mommy Only Has Two Hands, and Rheanna from Cammo Style Love (We will read your posts) 2. 3. Create a Post with a picture, a memory, or even a previous blog post from 1 year ago, make sure you include our button so we have more people joining every week. (You can put this in your side bar if you don't want to put it in your post.




4. Link your post up on the linky below so we can all check it out. 5. And the most important thing:

HAVE FUN!

So, what was I doing a year ago?   Well looking back at the pictures it seems to me to have been a simple day at home unpacking and hanging out with the children.  Look at my little tiny Phillip!!  Time flies.  Not only do I just simply love to look at pictures and think about where we've been, but this weekly blog hop is so nice because not only does it make me stop and think and reflect, but it really forces me to dwell on what that day was and remember.  By this time Mr. Air Force was back at work so it was just me and the kids.  Apparently I was still working on perfecting my french braid as well.  Can't wait to see everyone's posts!  If you're just stopping by, consider linking up next week!





Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When the Daylight comes - to my MILgirls

A couple weeks ago I was volunteering at an event and I was half-listening, half-paying attention to the people I was there to help, and half-partaking in the conversation.   My sweet beautiful friend was talking about her hubby and his impending deployment.  It was a conversation I have heard come from my mouth and the mouth of many of my friends.  We wish they could just leave.  We could have this beautiful end and then snap they would be gone and we wouldn't have this dreaded preparation time, the dreaded goodbye.  If you are a milspouse, or mil-anything - girlfriend, fiance', boyfriend....you know that that time is really hard.  Quite frankly it sucks a lot.  Its tense and sad.  Its an anxious time, pre-deployment; and I feel like it will never end.  We usually fight a little more, I tend to be a little more emotional.  I know the feeling of just wanting to wake up and just have him be gone.  Throw kids in the mix and well, it just gets harder.  You want to be in control for them.  It's a kindredness that seems to erase years of getting to know someone, building a friendship.  Not many people can come into your life and you feel as if you practically already know them.  The hard part of the military life is leaving so many friends, so frequently.  The great part of military life is finding them wherever you may go.

So, when I was in the car the other day, and heard Maroon 5's newest release "Daylight" I couldn't stop the tears.  Have you heard the words to this song?

Here I am waiting, I’ll have to leave soon, why am I holdin’ on  
We knew this day would come, we knew it all along  
How did it come so fast  
This is our last night, but it’s late and I'm tryin’ not to sleep  
‘Cuz I know, when I wake I will have to slip away  
And when the daylight comes I'll have to go  
But, tonight I’m ‘gonna hold you so close  
‘Cuz in the daylight, we'll be on our own  
But, tonight I need to hold you so close
It's exactly everything I think, what I feel, and what my friend was saying to us.  I have no idea what the lyrics were meant to reflect, but as I kept listening it was all I could do to not crumple up and full up ugly cry!

Here I am staring, at your perfection in my arms; so beautiful.  
The sky is getting bright, the stars are burnin’ out.  
Somebody slow it down.  
This is way too hard, ‘cuz I know when the sun comes up I will leave 
This is my last glance that will soon be memories

I want him to leave with amazing memories.  To remember me as the strong and proud woman I am, not an anxious, picking fights, blubbering girly girl that can't hack it.  I don't want him to worry about me, or the kids.  I want to be strong, I have to be strong.  But, I also know that sometimes you can't be all of those things.  It's okay.  The reality of it is sometimes too much to bear.  It's important to let you have the moments of realness.  When all you want to do is watch a sappy movie, curl up with a pint of Ben and Jerry's and let the tears fall.
To all my girls going through something, especially to the three in my life right now, its okay to let yourself go.  Its okay to want him to just be gone.  You are in my thoughts every day.  I keep a little post-it note on my bedroom mirror with your names.  It reminds me of the connection, to think outside myself, and remind myself that I'm not alone You are not alone in this, in those thoughts, in the need to feel strong and brave.  Most importantly its okay to be none of those things.  I love you ladies!  Cheers to you...fighting this deployment.  You are not alone.
And if you feel like it, here's Maroon 5's video of Daylight, with Playing for Change Musicians

Monday, February 4, 2013

#MilitaryMonday - Jeep and the USO #JoinOSR

Like many others, I'm sure, yesterday presented a difficult decision.  When to get up for bathroom and food breaks!  Thankfully, with the technological wonders of the DVR I didn't have to make that decision.  Also, like many others, we sat with our eyes glued to the tv to watch the commercials.  There were three that were my very favorite - The Jeep/USO commercial, the Dodge/Farmer commercial, and the Budweiser Clydesdale commercial.   To my surprise I awoke this morning to see quite the chatter about the Jeep commercial.  There appeared to be quite the tizzy over the misuse of the troops for the gain of Jeep.  *insert ridiculously loud sigh*  You should know that my husband says I like to be mad, I like to fight and take on a fight.  I'm slightly passionate, and very frequently emotional.  So, I watched the commercial again, to make sure I wasn't missing anything.  Nope.  I didn't feel an overwhelming pressure to purchase a Jeep, there wasn't any mention of APR financing, or the new 2013 models or anything.  It was a sweet and simple commercial, saying all the things I feel and think.  The specific intent of it was to announce the partnership between the USO and Jeep, as well as the Operation S.A.F.E Return program. 

Operation S.A.F.E. Return is a four-point program.  Jeep will provide the safe transfer of troops and supplies from USO centers as needed.  They have also begun a Veterans Employment Initiative to aid in reintegration.  Jeep will help sponsor homecoming celebrations, offering "a much need hiatus for our troops", which they are calling "Freedom Adventures".  Lastly, they will be supporting the USO in its continuous care of wounded and ill troops, as well as their families and caregivers.

I asked Mr. Air Force, he wasn't offended or annoyed, didn't feel used or sacrificed to the all-mighty dollar.  Maybe I am just an optimist (which usually isn't the case for me), maybe the commercial accomplished it's evil motive by emotionally overwhelming to the point where I didn't realize it, and now all of the sudden I'm compelled to buy a Jeep (which I do love anyway).  I don't really think so.  The commercial was great and I've very excited to see another partner of the USO, a large and profitable company assisting the troops.  If Jeep is shamelessly using the troops, then I'm assuming Brawney (and their WWP commercials) is, as well as Under Armour.  Is Tide taking advantage of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Sandy to sell their product?  They go out and wash clothes for people.  What about AllState, and their commercials showing agents giving out Teddy Bears to children who have lost their homes?  Shameless?  Whatever anyone else thinks, I appreciate the fact that large companies give back.  While it might set some at ease, its PR.  Maybe its taking advantage....but would we be sitting here complaining about how these big companies don't do anything if they didn't make a commercial or PSA about the fact that they were?

I say, Thank You JEEP and Thank you USO, for Operation S.A.F.E. Return.

You can decide for yourself.  Here's the Jeep Commercial and the Dodge commercial just because I love it.



Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Perfect Valetines Gift - All year long *review and giveaway*

As Valentine's Day approaches you can usually find me scouring the whole of the earth for the next greatest gift.  I'm always trying to be creative and out-do myself.  Mr. Air Force is ridiculously hard to shop for.  I usually find a cool book (which he never has time to read) or a funny shirt (which he says that he has too many of), he doesn't wear any jewelry or have a favorite anything really.  We have all the movies he loves, and he's just so darn hard to shop for!!!  I still have no idea what to get him.  None!  Most of the time he tells me to not get him anything, that way I feel absolutely stupid when he surprises me with some awesome gift and I sit there and say thanks with nothing to give back.  This year I already know what I'm getting.  Of course, it is amazing.  He is fulfilling one of my Concert Bucket List items and is taking me to see Bon Jovi. 

I am sure there are lots of my fellow ladies, with husbands and boyfriend equally as hard to shop for, and also equally amazing and say "don't get me anything," yadda yadda yadda.  So when I got the chance to review the SHMILY coin I wanted to make sure we got this info to you so you can maybe purchase it as a cute and simply Valentine's Day gift.

 

Make sure to read about the SHMILY coin and the story behind it on their website.  It is probably the sweetest thing I've ever read.   The basic gist of it is a cute little wooden coin that you hide to unexpectedly let the person you love know it!  Mr. Air Force and I have been using it for a couple weeks and we've traded it a couple times already.  I recently hid his pretty well and he hasn't found it yet.  Waiting is killing me, but its so fun!  So far I have hidden it on his pillow (in plain sight the first time), inside his glove, and now in his lunch box (which he hasn't taken it to work in a couple days!).  I found it in one of my coffee cups.  It always brings a smile to face and I think about it all day until I see him!  Its such a simple concept but it can truly mean so much.

What's so great about these coins is that they aren't just for your significant other.  These are a great thing to start with any member of your family, even friends.  SHMILY coins are made in the USA and are very affordable.  You can purchase a SHMILY coin for .99, $1.29 if you want one in a little black velvet bag.  There are discounts the more you order.

I was given a couple to hand out and I thought I would share the love with one of my amazing readers!
I want to hopefully get it to you in time for Valentine's Day.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Sunday Social, Week 35

Sunday Social
Happy Sunday Ya'll!  A whole week has flown by again.  Mr. Air Force has been back to work, after some much needed leave time.  The time he's been back to work has gone by fast, which is great.  Little craziness has ensued, however the first day was a little rough.  I was majorly spoiled...but it was like 6 years of pent up needing him around for an extended period of time.  So happy!  Hoping a new frame of mind is coming after this little mini-reset.  If you're are looking for a fun, and super cute V-DAY gift, check out the my review for SHMILY coins!  Super Cute!
  Now, onto the fun.  If you haven't done a Sunday Social you really should!  
 
1. If you were stuck on an island what are the two material items you would want to have?
That's rough.  I've never good at this question, like seriously never.  I feel like if I had a tv and an endless supply of sweet tea it would be amazing.  However, having my Bible around would probably really help me during the rough spots of being stuck on an island.  Maybe some lip gloss too?  See, I told you I was terrible at this game, LOL!
 
2. What are two TV shows you'd watch over and over
Seinfeld and Gilmore Girls....I can't really ever get enough, and I currently watch them over and over and OVER again!
3. If your house was on fire what two things aside from family, pets, etc would you grab?
Well since I have an Eagle Scout and Military man for a husband we have one of those fabulous fire safes so all pictures and stuff would be well protected.  I would probably grab my jewelry box and my Christening dress I have displayed.
 
4. What are your two most favorite articles of clothing?
Currently my grey boyfriend sweater and my Old Navy ACTIVE compression pants, so lame right?
 
5. What two movies that you saw in the past year would you recommend to us?
Hands down Argo and Lincoln!  I'm so mad that Argo is getting the snub from the Academy Awards...you can't have too many pro-CIA movies in one year right; and Zero Dark Thirty is way cooler.  I was so happy when Argo won at the Golden Globes.  We usually rate movies on whether or not we would own them.  There are very few movies that make that list these days.  Both of these movies do.

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6. What are your two biggest guilty pleasures?
Currently they are Dove Chocolate hearts and Pepsi.  I've been working out and watching what I eat, but every now and then I cave compeltely!!  I try not to deprive myself because that can only lead to bad things

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great Sunday!! 

Apps for Kids: Learning Spanish is fun with Little Pim

Unfortunately I have succumbed to the ridiculous torment of a child who wants the fun blinky thing in my hand.  Fortunately it hasn't reached def con 5 level or anything, but try as I might whenever that little blinky thing is in view point one, or all, of them want it.  I've reviewed apps in the past (check my review tab up top), but this is my first foreign language app.  My MIL is completely fluent in Spanish and she speaks to my kids in it occasionally.  I love it!  My foreign language was Sign Language, which I'm still glad I took, but knowing Spanish would definitely come in handy, plus I think its great to expose your children to a foreign language, whether its Spanish, French, German or whatever.   So I was quite happy to review a great children's app called Little Pim.

Here's a little bit about Little Pim:

Little Pim is the brainchild of Julia Pimsleur Levine, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and mother. Julia was inspired by her own bilingual childhood; she learned French fluently by age six and is the daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, who created the Pimsleur Method, the popular language learning program for adults.  The Entertainment Immersion Method® integrates the latest scientific research regarding kids’ language learning and brain development. Pimsleur Levine developed the series with leading neuroscientist Dr. April Benasich, director of the Rutgers Infancy Studies Lab. Each of our educational DVDs has a unique, child-friendly theme, such as eating, playtime and feelings. The method teaches 360 words and phrases, providing the essential building blocks for language learning. A child only needs 500 words to be considered “conversational” in a language. Babies, toddlers and kids respond enthusiastically to Little Pim’s format, which combines animated and live-action videos.
At Little Pim, we understand how children learn, so our videos are segmented into 5-minute episodes to accommodate a young child’s attention span. Simple sentences are broken down into easy-to-understand parts and reinforced through repetition by native speakers.
Read why parents and celebrities love Little Pim and have made it the leading method for introducing young children to a second language.


I downloaded Little Pim on my iPhone, in Spanish.  I absolutely love the set up of this program.  Its adorable and fun.  My four-year-old was glued to it.  The pace of it was good, and even I enjoyed watching it.  I have another language program we regularly use.  I believe Little Pim is quite comparable to other Children's Language Programs.  It is modern and will be comfortable for children to watch.   There are so many languages to choose from, including Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian.  What's so great about Little Pim is the many ways you can choose to view it.  You can adapt it to your family and what's best for you.  Like I said, I have it on my iPhone.  It is available to download on iTunes for $12.99.  There are also DVDs, programs for your child's Leap Pad, as well as two free apps from the Apple App Store - a cute coloring book and a game.  Little Pim can also go on the road with you, with Little Pim music cds!

If you're looking for a way to introduce your children to a foreign language, either just for fun, or maybe because a relative speaks a language and you and your child want a fun way to start learning or refresh yourselves, I recommend Little Pim!  You can go to their website and try some for free.  There are also a couple specials going on right now: If you enter PIMCHOICE you can get 20% off, and in February they are offering free shipping, with the code FEBSHIP.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Julep Maven - my January box!

As January comes to close I wanted to finally take some time to share one of my Julep boxes.  I became acquainted with Julep in September of last year by a fellow blogger.  I'm such a succor for nail polish, that and shoes.  So, I thought I'd give it a whirl.  My first box was only one penny, so why not?  Since ordering, I've only skipped one month; and I have been pleased with my nail polish and the little extras I've gotten along with them.  When it came time to purchase a box, paying $20.00 wasn't a big deal.

The fact that I can change my style profiles whenever I want is a perk that I love.  It's my money, so if I don't like the polish that comes in my previously determined category, instead of having to cancel that month, I check out my other options.  Great marketing on their part.

So let's take a look at my January box!


Here's my cute little box, with my neon pony tail holders


My two colors - a nude and a bright orange...totally not usually my thing but I love them!
I also received this cuticle and hand roll-on stuff.  It smells heavenly!


My finished product.  Not usually a nude fan, but I did two coats (and also used my quick dry polish drops I received a couple boxes ago)


Below here, is a mix.  The purple was in my first box, and the black was from my October box.  I had been on the hunt for a black polish.  I always really liked seeing it on people but I could never find one that I liked.  I didn't want to look Goth, and the only ones I was finding were they really black, matte, totally ugly ones.  But Julep came to the rescue in October with this great black here.  It had a little scheen, sparkle to it.  I love it, even on my fingers!  Go Julep!

Want to check out more Maven? click on my link! And check out one of my fav coupon apps, Retailmenot.com for some Julep discounts!

I can't wait to share February's box with you!

Mil Spouse Friday Fill-In - February 2013

I'm glad this fun hop has come around again. I think I missed it last month.  Although, I'm still a little sad that its only once a month.

There's lots of fun stuff going on here on the blog - new book reviews, and post about Women in Combat, and an eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic laundry detergent giveaway!  Hope you can stay awhile and check them out.  If you haven't participated in a fill-in before, check it out.  I've found some great Military blogs this way.  It's always good fun!

Visit the creator and host - Wife of a Sailor


1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?
I wish my hubby would have been able to attend the Kid's Inaugural event with us.  Its always hard when he misses stuff like that.  We had fun, but it would have been nice.  You can see my post about that here.



2. What was your favorite thing that happened in January? 
I think my most favorite thing was probably the Kid's Inaugural.  It may be a sort of once in a lifetime thing.  I don't know for sure if we will ever experience that again, and I'm just so blessed that we were able to do that.

3. What are you looking forward to in February?
I'm really excited for a lot of things!  Some more volunteer work, a conference about dealing with military Children and their schools, and a possible Strong Bonds conference.  We've never been able to go to one, but its on our list as a goal as soon as possible.  we are waiting to hear if there is room at the one we want to go to, closest to us.

 4. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?
My hubby surprised me this Christmas with tickets to Bon Jovi!  It is on my concert bucket list.  I'm super excited.  Its the Sunday before V-Day, so we will be celebrating early.  I'm thrilled!

5. What is your best advice for a MilSpouse whose spouse is deployed for Valentine’s Day?
Don't stay by yourself!  Get out with some girlfriends, have a chic night in, pampering.  From someone that has been there many a times, those times where I did something like that were the best!

Can't wait to read everyone's fill-in!

Thanks for stopping by! 
 

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